Get the Facts with ISR Frequently Asked Questions
Will my actually child learn to swim?
Yes. At ISR, we believe that part of survival for a child who can walk is swimming. Children learn the swim-float-swim sequence so that they could get themselves to safety. The difference in our program is that they will learn swimming AND survival skills and how to be an aquatic problem solver.
Why are lessons 5 days per week and for only 10 minutes?
- Repetition and consistency are crucial elements of learning for young children. Research shows that short, more frequent lessons result in higher retention.
- Most children have fairly short attention spans and will not be able to focus on the task for longer and we want to take advantage of the besttime for learning.
- Though the pool temperature is maintained at 78-88 degrees, the temperature is still lower than your child’s body temperature. Lessons are work and therefore your child will also be loosing body heat. I check students regularly for temperature fatigue since this is an indicator of physical fatigue.
Why does it take 6 weeks for my child to learn this?
- The 6 weeks is an estimate that is based on the average time in which it takes most children to learn these survival skills. It is important to realize that this is an average which means that some children will actually finish more quickly while others will need more practice.
- Every child is unique and ISR’s Self-Rescue program is specifically designed based on your child’s individual strengths and needs.
- ISR is dedicated to safety and, therefore, I want to provide your child with the time and best opportunity to become proficient in his/her survival skills. I will always honor your child’s needs.
Do you have children that just can’t learn the skills?
No. Every child can learn. It is the Instructor’s job to find the best way to communicate the information so that it makes sense to the child. I set your child up to be successful every time. I start where they are.
Can you really teach a child who is not verbal how to swim?
Yes. Consider that children learn to sit, crawl and walk before they learn to speak. Because I teach through sensorimotor learning, verbal skills are not required for a child to acquire Self-Rescue skills. I am able to communicate with my students through touch and positive reinforcement while striving to set my students up for success every step of the way.
Breath holding skills are taught in the first lesson. I shape breath control using highly effective positive reinforcement techniques. I continue to reinforce these breath-holding techniques throughout every lesson.
Why don’t parents participate in the water during the lessons?
I do not want your baby to initially associate the water with the love, attention and affection of the parent while in the water. Also, it takes incredible concentration and objectivity to teach your baby how to respond to an aquatic emergency and ISR research shows that parents often find it too difficult to be objective to be effective teachers with their own children in the water
How do the kids react during the first few lessons?
Children often fuss during the first few lessons because they are in a new environment, learning something new and around new people. As your child becomes more confident in his/her ability in the water, the fussing will decrease. It is not unlike the first time you tried a new exercise class, or were asked to perform a task at work that you’d never done before: the first time you try a new task it is always challenging, until you get the hang of it. It is the same for your young child. Your child is learning to perform a skill that he/she’s never done before.
Will my child fear the water because of lessons?
There is an important difference between being fearful and being apprehensive because you are not yet skilled in a new environment. ISR is not like traditional swim lessons; it is a drowning prevention program that teaches survival swimming. Sometimes as a parent, you make choices for your child’s safety, like sitting in a car seat, because you know they are important. The same can be said for ISR. FUN can be defined as when SKILL meets CHALLENGE. Once competent in their skills, many children cannot be dragged away from the pool. They are having entirely too much FUN.
- In May of 2010, the AAP has now changed it’s policy regarding the age at which children may start swimming lessons, based on research stating that swim lessons may actually provide reduction in drowning risk of children ages 1- to 4-years-old.
- That study, Association Between Swimming Lessons and Childhood Drowning published in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, March, 2009, by Brenner et. al. was the first study to probe the relationship between drowning reduction and swimming skills.
- The study concluded that, “Participation in formal swimming lessons was associated with an 88% reduction in the risk of drowning in the 1-to 4-year-old children…”
- The AAP encourages parent’s to consider that starting water survival skills training at an early age must be individualized, based on the child’s frequency of exposure to water, emotional maturity, physical limitations and health concerns related to swimming pools.
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